Guarantees a jack
The Boston Red Sox dropped one Wednesday to the rival Tampa Bay Rays by the score of 2-1. Sox slugger, Adrian Gonzalez, wasn’t too happy after the loss. Not only was he upset about his 0-4 day with two strikeouts, but apparently he wasn’t to happy about the way he struck out. After the game, Gonzalez voiced his displeasure with the umpiring. Specifically, Gonzalez had issues with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt’s strike zone. In Gonzalez’s last plate appearance, Wendelstedt called an outside fastball from Joel Peralta a strike. The pitch later showed to be a ball. Gonzales would go on to strike out swinging later in the at bat. According to SportsRadio WEEI, Gonzalez said:
It wasn’t even close…You’re up there trying to have a professional at-bat and look for a pitch to hit and that’s called…Yesterday there were a couple of pitches that weren’t close and were called strikes and it put me in two strikes and then you have to protect…It’s just unfortunate. You wish you could keep them on the plate and force them to come in, but that doesn’t happen anymore.
Gonzalez also addressed whether he voiced his displeasure to the umpire:
It doesn’t do any good…You say something and then you start letting it get into your head and then it starts messing with your at-bat and your approach and what you’re trying to do. You get thrown out, I’m the one who gets punished for it. It’s not him for not making the wrong call.
Gonzalez is now hitting just .279 and has not homered in 103 at bats. He has only two home runs this season. To many Major Leaguers, these are respectable numbers, but for Gonzalez, these are slumping numbers. The slugger batted .338 with 27 home runs and led the American League in hits last season. After voicing his displeasure with the umping, Gonzalez said not to worry about the home runs. As a matter of fact, he made a guarantee:
I’ll start hitting home runs…I’ll hit a home run tomorrow.
The Red Sox will be facing rookie Matt Moore in tomorrow’s game. Moore has been touted as a rookie sensation and showed his talents in last year’s ALDS, as he shut-out the Texas Rangers for 7 innings, giving up only two hits. With all of Moore’s talents, he has been struggling this year with a 1-3 record and a 5.31 ERA. Something has got to give between the two struggling players.
There has been a lot of off the field issues with this Boston team this season. Much has been said and done in the clubhouse that have been media distractions. Well, at least one long time Boston player is happy to hear Gonzalez talk like this. Sox slugger David Ortiz was asked about the home run guarantee. Here’s his reply:
Good. That’s good stuff. I can’t wait. I know my pinata killer is going to be fine. I’ve got money on him. I’ve got money on the killer because I know that pinata at some point is going to have to drop down.
Guarantees or no guarantees, something has got to change for this Boston team. They currently sit in last place in the A.L. East at 17-20, six and one half games behind the first place Rays and Baltimore Orioles, who each have records of 24-14.